Transforming undergraduate students into junior researchers: oxidation–reduction sequence as a problem-based case study

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Abstract

In our upper-level undergraduate laboratory course in organic chemistry we focus on a research-oriented task in a context-based and problem-based learning approach. The course starts with a preliminary training period where the students learn how to safely and independently perform synthesis and purification procedures and to operate the most common analysis instruments. In the latter part of the course, the students are asked to perform an oxidation-reduction sequence with a chiral, optically pure terpene alcohol, such as menthol or borneol, as a starting material. This part is presented as a problem scenario and the students, working in small groups, are supposed to plan and execute the experimental work independently. Importantly, the research task presented herein is aimed to promote the undergraduate students' creative thinking as well as the problem solving skills in organic chemistry.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)841–846
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Volume93
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Alcohols
  • Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Oxidation/Reduction
  • Stereochemistry
  • Upper-Division Undergraduate

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